8 Reasons why you should take driving lessons at Drivio

Whether you’re seventeen or twenty-seven, taking your driver’s test is somewhat intimidating, wouldn’t you agree? Learning how to drive on a real road is something like a jungle filled with cars and taxis, pedestrians and directionless doves and – who knows what else – out there. It’s scary, but hey, it doesn’t have to be if you take your driving lessons at Drivio.

For now, let’s share with you 10 reasons why you should choose Drivio.

  1. It’s Safe. Drivio driving schools make use of a state-of-the-art driving simulator which allows you to learn how to drive without actually having to drive on a real road! This form of driving lessons completely eliminates the risk of accidents.
  2. It’s Fun. Seeing as you’re safe in the little red car, there’s no need to be nervous or frightened of injuring other drivers any longer as it’s not real. Drivio really puts the fun back into learning how to drive.
  3. It’s Real. What? But you just said-? We know, and that’s the beauty of it. Our simulated driving system have been developed by top experts in the world allowing students to experience everything a real driver would without the real-time risks of taking to the road an amateur.  
  4. Personal driving instructor. Our diving instructors provide support to learners from the beginning of the learner’s test right through to escorting them to the driver’s test with thumbs up.
  5. Comprehensive e-learning system. The way learner’s tests are conducted have completely moved over to computers, thus we provide access to comprehensive learner’s licence education solely on interactive computers.
  6. Tailor made packages. Whether you are a student looking to learn how to drive, preparing to take your learner’s licence test or a professional looking to brush up on your skills, we have various packages available to suit your every requirement.
  7. You get a free shot at trying our driving simulator. Sceptical about the concept of learning how to drive inside a building? Does it even work? How does it work? Sign up for a test drive, so to speak, and allow us to transform your driving education experience forever.
  8. We have branches at various easy-to-reach places. We have branches in Hatfield (Pretoria) Moreleta, Vaal (Vanderbijlpark) and Parkmore (Sandton). Now you don’t have an excuse. Come and visit us in any of these locations for your free driving lesson. See more details here.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty, the unknown, hold you back. There’s no need to procrastinate when you have Drivio at your side. We are your very fair advantage. Have a look at our packages and contact your closest Drivio Driving School for more information.

Hatfield Branch – 081 447 9427

Moreleta Square Branch – 061 411 1003

Sandton Branch – 064 756 0847

Vaal Branch – 016 931 0633

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How to ace your driver’s test with Drivio

Congratulations on passing your learner’s exam. It’s exciting times for you! You now 04have a licence to learn, but, where? With a host of driving schools and instructors vying for your attention, where do you go? What are the next steps? Well, step one: visit Drivio to start your driving lessons.

Our driving instructors are all committed to you and will invest their time and every effort to helping you through your learning journey. We greet you with a smile on the first day and wait for you with thumbs up at the ready when you take your test.

Let us take you through a few basic steps to show you how you can ace your driving test with Drivio.

  1. Visit a Drivio branch to book your lessons. We have branches located in Hatfield and Moreleta Square in Pretoria as well as in Sandton and Vaal.
  2. Step into the simulator. We will take the stress out of learning how to drive with our state-of-the-art simulator training.
  3. Now the real fun begins. Within only eight hours in our simulator you will have built your confidence and gained a repertoire of skills you will need in real-world situations.
  4. Your skilled driving instructor will take you through the training and assess your progress as you go along.
  5. Your instructor will make use of printable progress reports to identify areas that require more practice.
  6. Don’t fret, if you’re still a bit uncomfortable, you can repeat sections until you are fully confident.
  7. Now that you’ve mastered all of the lessons and assessments in the simulator, you are ready to take to the road.
  8. Depending on your confidence and skill level, you may require between five and thirteen lessons with a certified K53 driving instructor in order to familiarise yourself with the traffic environment.
  9. At Drivio, we can tailor your lesson plan to suit your unique training requirements in order to minimise hours and costs.
  10. You are most welcome to arrange additional lessons if you so wish.
  11. Book your test because you are ready to drive!
  12. We can assist you with hiring a car and conducting your pre-test lesson on the day of your test.
  13. Enter your driving test, give it your best and we will be waiting on the other side.

 

See, it’s as easy as one, two, go! At Drivio, we put the fun back into learning how to drive. If you’re interested in booking your lessons, visit our lessons page to have a look at our packages.

Drivio GM Tannith Thompson Talks About Driving Change And What It Takes To Become A Successful Businesswoman

metroTannith Thompson, GM of Drivio, was acknowledged during the Woman’s Month Special as a “Mover and Shaker” as well as an extremely successful businesswoman in South Africa. Tannith holds a BComm Hons from Rhodes University and has not held back from climbing the corporate ladder with impeccable manner. She is a game changer in every sense of the word and is changing the landscape of corporate training and retail in her industry! Metro FM was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to interview Tannith and talk to her about her accomplishments and how Drivio is taking over the industry and proving to be a massive success in the market place.

Q. Let’s start with your background. Who is Tannith, where are you from and what inspired you to study towards a Bcom Honours Degree?

A. I was born and bred in Johannesburg and live in the buzzing heart of Sandton. Growing up I spent my High School days in boarding school which I absolutely loved, as I spent most of my time playing sports (and driving my parents crazy). After finishing school. I traveled and worked overseas and spent two years studying in Europe and thereafter I decided to pursue studying business and applied back home in South Africa for a Bcomm at Rhodes University. Really, who I am is a fun-loving woman, with an incredibly big heart and huge passion for life! Not only is my career a priority but so is my remarkable family, incredible friends and my phenomenal partner who I have been so unbelievably blessed with!

Q. You became very successful very early on in your career which speaks volumes of you Tannith; but how did you achieve that?

A. My degree definitely set the foundation for the work space I was entering into, but it really came down to giving 110% from the get-go. I was very blessed with an outstanding boss when I started out, Quique Sanchez. He was my mentor and my role model in the work space. He took me under his wing and taught me everything that I know today from a business perspective and even in life! Quique identified that I had the knowledge and skills to improve current operations and sales in a real way in a very developed company, and he gave me the space to do that. It was from those successes that I had the opportunity to prove myself in the very early days. I was able to use my skill-set and strategy development qualities to make a difference in a very valuable way and over time, I was blessed with a number of promotions where ultimately I arrived as the Sales and Marketing Executive of a large international company.

 

Q. After all your achievements, what made you decide to embark on your journey with Drivio?

A. Quite simply put, I had a business associate contact me who was consulting for Drivio at that time, and she was so excited “Tannith, you’ve got to meet the Director of this company Drivio who I’m consulting for, you have got to see for yourself what they are trying to achieve, and you will love it!” I thought “Drivio” I have never heard of this company and did some research, met with the Director Thivash Moodley and after understanding what he was trying to achieve in the company I was blown away! After reading the business plan and getting to grips with the model, and the endless possibilities for this young company, I was totally captivated! I will not lie, I thought to myself “oh my goodness, this is a huge challenge Tannith” but within identifying that challenge (I’m not scared by challenges in fact I love them) and the capability of the brand and that I could support driving this business that is trying to make a difference in South Africa and will be successful – it was a no brainer to get involved!

 

Q. Not only are you a franchisee, you are also a GM, and Head of Sales and Marketing. As a woman, do you feel you have to perform all these extra roles to have an impactful and successful career?

A. Absolutely not, every woman is different having different strengths and attributes and I admire women who are in positions that allow them to solely focus on one role. As a woman/human being you need to identify what your strengths are and as you develop your career, spend time growing what you are good at and what you enjoy.

 

Q. What are some of the challenges you’ve come across as a woman within the driving school industry?

A. It is a very male dominated industry but I do not let that affect myself or my team in any way. Even in my life I am surrounded by a strong male presence – my boss is a fantastic entrepreneur, my Father is a phenomenal businessman and my partner is an extremely successful and influential businessman and as women we should embrace the male presence both at work and in life. As women we should work positively with our male colleagues and we shouldn’t look at any male dominated space as a challenge but rather as a gift and opportunity to bring your female influence into that space. We have strong women in our company who exceed our expectations every day and the gents respect them very much!

 

Q. Drivio talks about being a technologically advanced driving school, which is a better option than other driving schools. What exactly sets it apart from traditional driving schools?

A. Our entire consumer experience is unlike any other. Our retail space is breathtaking and when you walk into our stores you are instantly blown away by the set-up! Our customer service is of outstanding quality and our highly trained driving instructors are hands-down the best in the country! Our simulator technology, which Thivash Moodley worked incredibly hard in building, is undoubtedly one of our secrets to our success! We have a large fleet of vehicles that supports our operations and we don’t just stop at the learner’s or driver’s [license] attainment – we strongly advise all our students to go one-step further and do their advanced driving course with us which improves their skills even more! We’re not just a driving school; we are the leaders in the corporate driver training industry as well! We have phenomenal courses such as: defensive driver training, economical driver training, dangerous goods, off-road… you name it! Companies are so impressed with Drivio and our training that has increased the capability of their drivers, reduced accidents, lowered their fuel costs, and lowered the costs of maintenance of their vehicles, that we have built such a strong and reputable name for Drivio in the industry. Lastly, we are the first and only Franchised driving school in the country! We realized that if we really want to achieve our goals of producing better drivers and improving the safety of our roads in our country then Franchising is the way to go!

 

Q. How has your driving school succeeded in achieving a pass rate that is three times the national average?

A. Every step of our process sets the student up for success. With the one-on-one support and attention from our instructors, our simulator technology gets them comfortable before we take them on the road. Our successful training methodology is of such high value that the student is more than prepared on the day of testing.

 

Q. So, how do interested parties purchase a franchise of Drivio?

A. You can go to our website at drivio.co.za and find all the information on our Franchise page. Should you want to proceed, you will need to download the pre-screening checklist; we have a very stringent process of identifying prospective franchisees. There are a number of qualifiers that need to be established in order for us to understand if you are a suitable candidate. We have built an incredible and successful business model and we want to continue growing it in the right way and correct franchisee selection is critical for us.

 

Q. As a successful woman in business, what advice do you have for other women?

A. If you are starting out in your career give it your all, because how you start will determine the rest of your journey. So when I started my career I really gave it my all which allowed me to excel early on in my career which brought me to the point where I am today. Always remain true to who you are and remember that you are a representation of your brand and company, always fly that flag high! You are only as strong as the woman you allow yourself to be, take responsibility for ensuring you lead a successful life both in and outside of work and lead from the front with your team!

8 Reasons why you should take driving lessons at Drivio

Whether you’re seventeen or twenty-seven, taking your driver’s test is somewhat intimidating, wouldn’t you agree? Learning how to drive on a real road is something like a jungle filled with cars and taxis, pedestrians and directionless doves and – who knows what else – out there. It’s scary, but hey, it doesn’t have to be if you take your driving lessons at Drivio.

For now, let’s share with you 10 reasons why you should choose Drivio.

  1. It’s Safe. Drivio driving schools make use of a state-of-the-art driving simulator which allows you to learn how to drive without actually having to drive on a real road! This form of driving lessons completely eliminates the risk of accidents.
  2. It’s Fun. Seeing as you’re safe in the little red car, there’s no need to be nervous or frightened of injuring other drivers any longer as it’s not real. Drivio really puts the fun back into learning how to drive.
  3. It’s Real. What? But you just said-? We know, and that’s the beauty of it. Our simulated driving system have been developed by top experts in the world allowing students to experience everything a real driver would without the real-time risks of taking to the road an amateur.  
  4. Personal driving instructor. Our diving instructors provide support to learners from the beginning of the learner’s test right through to escorting them to the driver’s test with thumbs up.
  5. Comprehensive e-learning system. The way learner’s tests are conducted have completely moved over to computers, thus we provide access to comprehensive learner’s licence education solely on interactive computers.
  6. Tailor made packages. Whether you are a student looking to learn how to drive, preparing to take your learner’s licence test or a professional looking to brush up on your skills, we have various packages available to suit your every requirement.
  7. You get a free shot at trying our driving simulator. Sceptical about the concept of learning how to drive inside a building? Does it even work? How does it work? Sign up for a test drive, so to speak, and allow us to transform your driving education experience forever.
  8. We have branches at various easy-to-reach places. We have branches in Hatfield (Pretoria) Moreleta, Vaal (Vanderbijlpark) and Parkmore (Sandton). Now you don’t have an excuse. Come and visit us in any of these locations for your free driving lesson. See more details here.

Don’t let fear or uncertainty, the unknown, hold you back. There’s no need to procrastinate when you have Drivio at your side. We are your very fair advantage. Have a look at our packages and contact your closest Drivio Driving School for more information.

Hatfield Branch – 081 447 9427

Moreleta Square Branch – 061 411 1003

Sandton Branch – 064 756 0847

Vaal Branch – 016 931 0633

Smashing first-time experience at Drivio

As a student myself, I know how you must feel. A mixture of fear and excitement plagues you every day you procrastinate, starting from the fear of failing your learner’s to the even bigger fear of failing on the road.

Then I heard about Drivio from a friend and decided to have a look. Can’t do harm right?

First impression

The moment I entered the store I got a sense of open space, light and confidence. A friendly instructor greeted me as I entered and there was something about his smile that set me at ease immediately.  In the corner, I noticed the quant, fire-engine red car, this so-called driving simulator. Even the floor beneath my feet was made to imitate a gravel road.

Step 1: Learner’s Test

Their state of the art program took me through all of the standard road signs, warnings, what to do, how to do it and when to do it. Everything you need to know about driving. While it certainly felt overwhelming at first, the calm voice on the computer asking its engaging questions reassured me. That was until I failed my first test on the PC. The instructor smiled and told me that there’s no need to fear. Their tests are programmed to be more challenging than the real deal, this way if you pass Drivio’s test, you’re bound to pass the real test. Made sense to me.

Step 2: Simulated car experience

Boy, they weren’t kidding when they said it’s every bit as real as driving on the road. I realised that fact when the instructor had to remind me to put down my hand brake in order to actually get the car moving. Sure, it looks and feels almost like an arcade game but, let me tell you, don’t underestimate its difficulty.

The instructor patiently went through all the instructions until I finally managed to pull away and ride straight into a car having turned onto the wrong road. Best thing? We got to laugh about it and try again, no one got hurt.

That right there is why I love the concept of simulated driving. It takes the stress out of learning how to drive and puts the fun right back into it. You get to practice, practice, practice until you’re ready to get on the road.

Step 3: Hit the road

I was proud to say that I could face the bustling streets of Sandton with confidence after having undergone a series of simulated driving lessons. With the same instructor, sitting by my side, I was able to acquaint myself with the road before hitting my final exam.

Step 4: Pass the Driver’s test

With a Drivio instructor accompanying me, giving me thumbs up all the way, I was able to confidently face my driver’s test and pass it the first time round. My instructor really made the journey a great one and followed my progress from the beginning right through to a congratulatory post on their Facebook page.

 

Thank you, Drivio. I’ll definitely recommend it to every learner.